April: Far from the cruelest month

  • Updated: April 7, 2013 - 6:12 PM

No easy task, gathering maple sap in April to boil is a tradition born of Minnesota’s native people, and remains popular today among those fortunate enough to have access to maple woods. On ice cream or over pancakes, sap finished as syrup at one’s own hand is a treat that endears the maker to all who are lucky enough to share this delicacy.

Once largely a transition month between winter and spring for Minnesota outdoors enthusiasts, April now is a time to celebrate — whether with a fishing rod or shotgun in one’s hand, pursuing trout or turkeys, gathering maple sap to make syrup, straddling a bicycle, hiking in the woods or simply getting out of the house.



 

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